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The wearing of masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus had previously been mandatory in all public places in the state.
"Wearing masks (will) not (be) compulsory but people can wear one if they want," Maharashtra's health minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday.
All restrictions on spaces including hotels, weddings, gyms and buses, and a requirement to be double vaccinated in order to enter public places, will have been lifted by April 2, Tope said.
India has administered at least 1.84 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that is enough to have vaccinated about 67.3% of the country's population, according to the Reuters COVID-19 tracker.
"This will help people in celebrating upcoming festivals," Tope said.
The officers were in their police patrol when they saw two defendants and their two other friends standing near a supermarket without having their masks own.
More than 70 people paid a fine of 100,000 rupiah ($7), but about 30 others said they did not have the cash. Instead, they were ordered to do push-ups. Those not carrying a mask had to do up to 50, while those who were wearing one improperly were punished with 15.
Overall, the inspections found 773 commercial establishments fully complied with the guidelines. The violating outlets were involved in garments trading, money exchange, document processing, mobile phones trading and general trading.
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